Monday, June 21, 2010

Stop Procrastinating!

One thing that might hold us from being successful in life is procrastination or the act of delaying an action to a later time. Some reasons why people procrastinate is because of being unorganized, indecisive, self-doubting, and lazy; to a point that it becomes habitual and natural to people's characters.

Personally, as much as I hate it, I am guilty of procrastination. At work, for example, I used to delay my work to a point where I had to rush my project just to meet the deadline. Fortunately, I have been able to improve on this by following some simple guidelines.

Dont just plan. Act on it!
Planning is important in achieving goals. But without putting these plans into actions, they become useless. Too much planning is time-consuming and is not necessary since plans may still change along the way.

Don't be a perfectionist
There is no such thing as perfection. Trying to come up with a perfect plan or project will only take you so much time before you actually get to finish it.

Plan small then take action
Accomplishing big goals can be really frustrating because it takes lots of effort to achieve those goals. The solution for accomplishing these big goals is to set small realistic goals out of them. This makes it much easier to accomplish. Be persistent in acting on these small goals and eventually your big goal gets accomplished one step at a time.

Face your fear
"Fear is what makes us brave. Real courage is when you overcome your fear". - Getafix (character from Asterix)

One of the reasons why people procrastinate is because they don't want to overcome their fears. This limits their mind into thinking they can't do the task or that something negative might happen to them.

To get rid of your fear, you have to accept that somewhere along the way, we all get rejected or fail in some form. Don't get discouraged by this, take this as a lesson that is bound to happen because of our lack of knowledge and experience.

Don't be lazy
One of the main reasons that people procrastinate is because they are lazy. Getting rid of laziness is difficult, but can be done by having the right mind set and finding more motivations in life.

Limiting beliefs
Thinking of things like "I can't do this" or "I can't do that" will definitely keep your tasks left behind. When we limit what our mind can think, we also limit ourselves in what we can achieve.

Stay away from distractions
Distractions like watching television and surfing the internet should be done after you are finished with the more important tasks that you have. Treat television and the internet like a reward which you can get to do after you are done with your priorities.

Keep a schedule
It's sure that you have more than one thing to be working on. In order not to focus on one task and procrastinate on the rest, it is important that you divide your time in all these tasks. Give more time in more important goals, but don't forget about other less important tasks to work on.

Do what you love doing
If you do what you love doing, there is little chance that you would want to delay on that goal. If you are inspired and motivated in doing a particular task, finishing the goal becomes easier to accomplish. This might be a reason why many great people don't do great in fields that they really do not love.

These are just some guidelines that might help you stop procrastination. Somehow these guidelines have helped me, and I hope they can help you too. Good Day!

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